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In Deeper Waters

A young prince must rely on a mysterious stranger to save him when he is kidnapped during his coming of age tour in this swoony adventure that is The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue meets Pirates of the Caribbean.

Prince Tal has long awaited his coming of age tour. After spending most of his life cloistered behind palace walls as he learns to keep his forbidden magic secret, he can finally see his family’s kingdom for the first time. His first taste of adventure comes just two days into the journey, when their crew discovers a mysterious prisoner on a burning derelict vessel.

Tasked with watching over the prisoner, Tal is surprised to feel an intense connection with the roguish Athlen. So when Athlen leaps overboard and disappears, Tal feels responsible and heartbroken, knowing Athlen could not have survived in the open ocean.

That is, until Tal runs into Athlen days later on dry land, very much alive, and as charming—and secretive—as ever. But before they can pursue anything further, Tal is kidnapped by pirates and held ransom in a plot to reveal his rud powers and instigate a war. Tal must escape if he hopes to save his family and the kingdom. And Athlen might just be his only hope…

Becoming Leidah

A love story set in nineteenth century Norway, about a woman rescued from the sea, the fisherman who marries her, their tiny and unusually gifted daughter, and the shapeshifter who follows their every move, perfect for fans of Alice Hoffman, Yangsze Choo, Eowyn Ivey, and Neil Gaiman.

The sky opens up I hear them laugh.
They don’t feel the sadness in the air.
They don’t feel the danger coming, riding in on the wind.

In the hinterlands of old Norway, Leidah Pietersdatter is born blue skinned, with webbed hands and feet. Upon every turn of season, her mother, Maeva, worries as her daughter’s peculiarities blossom—inside the root of the tiny child, a strange power is taking hold.

Maeva tries to hide the girl from the suspicious townsfolk of the austere village of Ørken, just as she conceals her own magical ancestry from her daughter. And Maeva’s adoring husband, Pieter, wants nothing than for his new family to be accepted by all. But unlike Pieter, who is blinded by love, Maeva is aware that the villagers, who profess a rigid faith to the new God and claim to have abandoned the old ways, are watching for any sign of transgression—and are eager to pounce and punish.Following both mother and daughter from the shadows and through time, an inquisitive shapeshifter waits for the Fates to spin their web, and for Maeva to finally reclaim who she once was. And as Maeva’s elusive past begins to beckon, she realizes that she must help her daughter navigate and control her own singular birthright if the child is to survive the human world.

But the protective love Pieter has for his family is threatening the secure life they have slowly built and increasingly becoming a tragic obstacle. Witnessing this, Maeva comes to a drastic conclusion: she must make Leidah promise to keep a secret from Pieter—a perilous one that may eventually free them all.

Crush the King (Crown of Shards, #3)

A fierce gladiator queen must face off against her enemies in an epic battle in this next thrilling installment of New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Estep’s Crown of Shards series—an action packed adventure full of magic, murderous machinations, courtly intrigue, and pulse pounding romance.Queen Everleigh Blair of Bellona has survived the mass murder of the royal family, become a fearsome warrior trained by an elite gladiator troupe, and unleashed her ability to destroy magic. After surviving yet another assassination attempt orchestrated by the conniving king of Morta, Evie has had enough. It’s time to turn the tables and take the fight to her enemies. 

There is no better opportunity to strike than during the Regalia Games, a time when warriors, nobles, and royals from all the kingdoms come together to compete in various sporting events. With the help of her loyal friends, Evie goes on the attack at the Regalia, but things don’t turn out the way she hopes. Soon, she is facing a terrifying new threat, and she will have to dig deep and learn even about her growing magic if she has any chance of defeating her foes.

Because to secure her throne and ensure her kingdom’s survival, Evie must think like a true Bellonan: she must outsmart and outwit her enemies . and crush the king.

The Serpent's Curse (The Last Magician, #3)

Evade the serpent.Heed the curse. Rewrite the present. Esta isn’t a stranger to high stakes heists. She’s a seasoned thief who has no reservations about using her affinity for time to give her an edge, and she’s trained her whole life for one mission: travel back to 1902 New York, steal the ancient Book of Mysteries, and use its power to destroy the Brink and free the Mageus from the Order’s control. But the Book held a danger that no one anticipated—Seshat, an angry goddess was trapped within its pages. Now that terrible power lives within Harte, and if given the chance, Seshat will use Esta to destroy the world and take her revenge. Only Esta and Harte stand in her way. Yet in their search to recover the elemental stones needed to bind Seshat’s power, Esta and Harte have found themselves stranded in time with a continent between them. As Esta fights to get back to Harte, the Order is no longer the only obstacle standing in her way. Saving Harte—and magic itself—will put even Esta’s skills to the test. And all the while, another danger grows, one terrible than both Seshat and the Order combined

Sistersong

535 AD. In the ancient kingdom of Dumnonia, King Cador's children inherit a fragmented land abandoned by the Romans.

Riva, scarred in a terrible fire, fears she will never heal.
Keyne battles to be seen as the king's son, when born a daughter.
And Sinne, the spoiled youngest girl, yearns for romance.

All three fear a life of confinement within the walls of the hold – a last bastion of strength against the invading Saxons. But change comes on the day ash falls from the sky, bringing Myrddhin, meddler and magician, and Tristan, a warrior whose secrets will tear the siblings apart. Riva, Keyne and Sinne must take fate into their own hands, or risk being tangled in a story they could never have imagined; one of treachery, love and ultimately, murder. It's a story that will shape the destiny of Britain.

The Light of the Midnight Stars

An evocative combination of fantasy, history, and Jewish folklore, The Light of the Midnight Stars is fairytale inspired novel from the author of The Sisters of the Winter Wood.

Deep in the Hungarian woods, the sacred magic of King Solomon lives on in his descendants. Gathering under the midnight stars, they pray, sing and perform small miracles and none are gifted than the great Rabbi Isaac and his three daughters. Each one is blessed with a unique talent whether it be coaxing plants to grow, or predicting the future by reading the path of the stars.

When a fateful decision to help an outsider ends in an accusation of witchcraft, fire blazes through their village. Rabbi Isaac and his family are forced to flee, to abandon their magic and settle into a new way of life. But a dark fog is making its way across Europe and will, in the end, reach even those who thought they could run from it. Each of the sisters will have to make a choice and change the future of their family forever.

For from Rena Rossner, check out The Sisters of the Winter Wood.

The Gilded Girl


Any child can spark magic, but only the elite are allowed to kindle it. Those denied access to the secrets of the kindling ritual will see their magic snuffed out before their thirteenth birthday.


In 1906 New York City, Miss Posterity’s Academy for Practical Magic is the best kindling school―and wealthy twelve year old Emma Harris is accustomed to the best. But when her father dies, leaving her penniless, Emma is reduced to working off her debts to Miss Posterity alongside Izzy, a headstrong servant girl who refuses to let her magic be snuffed out, even if society dictates she must. Emma and Izzy reluctantly form a pact: If Izzy teaches Emma how to survive as a servant, Emma will reveal to Izzy what she knows about magic. Along the way, they encounter shy libraries, quizzes that literally pop, and talking cats (that is, house dragons). But when another student’s kindling goes horribly wrong, Emma, Izzy, and their unexpected new friends embark on a journey to keep magic in the right hands . or else there’s a risk it will be snuffed out forever.

Another Time, Another Place (The Chronicles of St. Mary's, #12)

The twelfth book in the bestselling Chronicles of St Mary's series. If you love Jasper Fforde, Ben Aaronovitch or Doctor Who, you won't be able to resist Jodi Taylor.

At long last it's all over. Job done. Max has her life back and everything is set for the traditional happy ending. Except, this is St Mary's and if something can go wrong it will.

Disaster is piled upon catastrophe. A new Head of Security. A new Director of St Mary's. Historians lost in time. And Max dishonourably discharged.

Jobless and homeless, she receives an offer she cannot refuse and suddenly finds herself in another time and another place. Just a way to pass the weeks until she can reunite with Leon or so she thinks. Because events are on the move and, as usual, St Mary's is at the centre of the storm.

Cunning Women: A feminist tale of forbidden love amid the witch trials

Lee is a magnetic new voice in historical fiction and CUNNING WOMEN is sure to be loved by fans of The Essex Serpent and The Mercies.

Spring of 1620 in a Lancashire fishing community and the memory of the slaughter at Pendle is tight around the neck of Sarah Haworth. A birthmark reveals that Sarah, like her mother, is a witch. Torn between yearning for an ordinary life and desire to discover what dark power she might possess, Sarah’s one hope is that her young sister Annie will be spared this fate.

The Haworth family eke out a meagre existence in the old plague village adjoining a God fearing community presided over by a seedy magistrate. A society built upon looking the other way, the villagers’ godliness is merely a veneer. But the Haworth women, with their salves and poultices, are judged the real threat to morality.

When Sarah meets lonely farmer’s son Daniel, she begins to dream of a better future. Daniel is in thrall to the wild girl with storms in her eyes, but their bond is tested when a zealous new magistrate vows to root out sins and sinners. In a frenzy of fear and fury, the community begins to turn on one another, and it’s not long before they direct their gaze towards the old plague village … and does Daniel trust that the power Sarah wields over him is truly love, or could it be mere sorcery?

Southern Sun, Northern Star (Glass Alliance #3)

Battles, revolution, and romance collide in Joanna Hathaway's stunning, World Wars inspired Southern Sun, Northern Star



Reeling from the tragedy that beset her family, Princess Aurelia has joined the resistance in Havenspur, spying on the Northern leaders who were once her allies and determined to stop her uncle's machinations for war. Meanwhile, her beloved pilot Athan leads his squadron into battle as the Safire wage a losing war abroad and combat growing unrest back home.

When Athan is sent on leave to Havenspur following the death of a comrade, the pair reunite and rekindle their romance until Aurelia uncovers one of Athan's secrets, a secret that could save countless lives. But exposing it to the right people will cost her Athan's trust, and this time, their shared memories of love might not be enough to stop the fateful path of destruction that threatens all they've fought to defend.

As history unfolds around them, every move they make drives them one step closer to either recreating their parents' shadowed past or redeeming the alliance that could bring peace.

The breathtaking finale to a legendary series. Part war drama, part romance, Southern Sun, Northern Star is the epic conclusion to the Glass Alliance series.

Chain of Iron (The Last Hours, #2)

The Shadowhunters must catch a killer in Edwardian London in this dangerous and romantic sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling novel Chain of Gold, from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Cassandra Clare. Chain of Iron is a Shadowhunters novel.

Cordelia Carstairs seems to have everything she ever wanted. She’s engaged to marry James Herondale, the boy she has loved since childhood. She has a new life in London with her best friend Lucie Herondale and James’s charming companions, the Merry Thieves. She is about to be reunited with her beloved father. And she bears the sword Cortana, a legendary hero’s blade.

But the truth is far grimmer. James and Cordelia’s marriage is a lie, arranged to save Cordelia’s reputation. James is in love with the mysterious Grace Blackthorn whose brother, Jesse, died years ago in a terrible accident. Cortana burns Cordelia’s hand when she touches it, while her father has grown bitter and angry. And a serial murderer is targeting the Shadowhunters of London, killing under cover of darkness, then vanishing without a trace.

Together with the Merry Thieves, Cordelia, James, and Lucie must follow the trail of the knife wielding killer through the city’s most dangerous streets. All the while, each is keeping a shocking secret: Lucie, that she plans to raise Jesse from the dead; Cordelia, that she has sworn a dangerous oath of loyalty to a mysterious power; and James, that he is being drawn further each night into the dark web of his grandfather, the arch demon Belial. And that he himself may be the killer they seek.

Ariadne

As Princesses of Crete and daughters of the fearsome King Minos, Ariadne and her sister Phaedra grow up hearing the hoofbeats and bellows of the Minotaur echo from the Labyrinth beneath the palace. The Minotaur Minos's greatest shame and Ariadne's brother demands blood every year.

When Theseus, Prince of Athens, arrives in Crete as a sacrifice to the beast, Ariadne falls in love with him. But helping Theseus kill the monster means betraying her family and country, and Ariadne knows only too well that in a world ruled by mercurial gods drawing their attention can cost you everything.

In a world where women are nothing than the pawns of powerful men, will Ariadne's decision to betray Crete for Theseus ensure her happy ending? Or will she find herself sacrificed for her lover's ambition?

Ariadne gives a voice to the forgotten women of one of the most famous Greek myths, and speaks to their strength in the face of angry, petulant Gods. Beautifully written and completely immersive, this is an exceptional debut novel.

A mesmerising retelling of the ancient Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. Perfect for fans of CIRCE, A SONG OF ACHILLES, and THE SILENCE OF THE GIRLS.

Down Comes the Night

He saw the darkness in her magic. She saw the magic in his darkness.

Wren Southerland’s reckless use of magic has cost her everything: she’s been dismissed from the Queen’s Guard and separated from her best friend—the girl she loves. So when a letter arrives from a reclusive lord, asking Wren to come to his estate, Colwick Hall, to cure his servant from a mysterious illness, she seizes her chance to redeem herself.

The mansion is crumbling, icy winds haunt the caved in halls, and her eccentric host forbids her from leaving her room after dark. Worse, Wren’s patient isn’t a servant at all but Hal Cavendish, the infamous Reaper of Vesria and her kingdom’s sworn enemy. Hal also came to Colwick Hall for redemption, but the secrets in the estate may lead to both of their deaths.

With sinister forces at work, Wren and Hal realize they’ll have to join together if they have any hope of saving their kingdoms. But as Wren circles closer to the nefarious truth behind Hal’s illness, they realize they have no escape from the monsters within the mansion. All they have is each other, and a startling desire that could be their downfall.

Allison Saft’s Down Comes the Night is a snow drenched romantic fantasy that keeps you racing through the pages long into the night.

Love makes monsters of us all.

Sing Me Forgotten

Isda does not exist. At least not beyond the opulent walls of the opera house.Cast into a well at birth for being one of the magical few who can manipulate memories when people sing, she was saved by Cyril, the opera house’s owner. Since that day, he has given her sanctuary from the murderous world outside. All he asks in return is that she use her power to keep ticket sales high—and that she stay out of sight. For if anyone discovers she survived, Isda and Cyril would pay with their lives.But Isda breaks Cyril’s cardinal rule when she meets Emeric Rodin, a charming boy who throws her quiet, solitary life out of balance. His voice is unlike any she’s ever heard, but the real shock comes when she finds in his memories hints of a way to finally break free of her gilded prison.Haunted by this possibility, Isda spends and time with Emeric, searching for answers in his music and his past. But the price of freedom is steeper than Isda could ever know. For even as she struggles with her growing feelings for Emeric, she learns that in order to take charge of her own destiny, she must become the monster the world tried to drown in the first place.

Spellmaker (Spellbreaker Duology, #2)

Dead wizards, stolen enchantments, and broken promises force a young spellbreaker out of the shadows in the next thrilling installment of the Spellbreaker series by the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician.

England, 1895. An unsolved series of magician murders and opus thefts isn’t a puzzle to Elsie Camden. But to reveal a master spellcaster as the culprit means incriminating herself as an unregistered spellbreaker. When Elsie refuses to join forces with the charming assassin, her secret is exposed, she’s thrown in jail, and the murderer disappears. But Elsie’s hope hasn’t vanished.

Through a twist of luck, the elite magic user Bacchus Kelsey helps Elsie join the lawful, but with a caveat: they must marry to prove their cover story. Forced beneath a magical tutor while her bond with Bacchus grows, Elsie seeks to thwart the plans of England’s most devious criminal—if she can find them.

With hundreds of stolen spells at their disposal, the villain has a plan—and it involves seducing Elsie to the dark side. But even now that her secret is out, Elsie must be careful how she uses the new abilities she’s discovering, or she may play right into the criminal’s hands.

The Ladies of the Secret Circus

Paris, 1925: To enter the Secret Circus is to enter a world of wonder a world where women tame magnificent beasts, carousels take you back in time, and trapeze artists float across the sky. But each daring feat has a cost. Bound to her family's strange and magical circus, it's the only world Cecile Cabot knows until she meets a charismatic young painter and embarks on a passionate love affair that could cost her everything.

Virginia, 2005: Lara Barnes is on top of the world until her fiancé disappears on their wedding day. Desperate, her search for answers unexpectedly leads to her great grandmother's journals and sweeps her into the story of a dark circus and a generational curse that has been claiming payment from the women in her family for generations.

Wings of Fury (Wings of Fury, #1)

My mother told me that men would speak about the Golden Age as a time of peace and happiness for all… However, the women of our age would tell a very different story…

Cronus, God of Gods, whose inheritance is the world. Among his possessions: women, imprisoned and fated to serve. The strong minded Althea Lambros controls her own fate and lives to honor her dying mother’s plea to protect her two sisters at all costs. Althea’s journey toward crushing the tyranny has begun. It is a destiny foretold by the Fates. And she is following their visions.

On the southern isle of Crete, hidden among mortal women who have fled the Titans, is the Boy God, son of Cronus and believed dead. He shares Althea’s destiny to vanquish the Almighty—fate willing. Because Cronus has caught wind of the plot. He’s amassing his own forces against Althea’s righteous rebellion and all those who will no longer surrender or run. There will be war. If she’s to survive to write their history, the indomitable Althea must soar higher than any god.

The Bright & the Pale (The Bright & the Pale Duology, #1)

Seventeen year old Valeria is one of the only survivors of the freeze, a dark magical hold Knnot Mountain unleashed over her village. Everyone, including her family, is trapped in an unbreakable sheet of ice. Ever since, she’s been on the run from the Czar, who is determined to imprison any who managed to escape. Valeria finds refuge with the Thieves Guild, doing odd jobs with her best friend Alik, the only piece of home she has left.

That is, until he is brutally murdered.

A year later, she discovers Alik is alive and being held against his will. To buy his freedom, she must lead a group of cutthroats and thieves on a perilous expedition to the very mountain that claimed her family. Only something sinister slumbers in the heart of Knnot.

And it has waited years for release.


CW: death of a family member, discrimination, childhood trauma, work camps

The Conductors

A compelling debut by a new voice in fantasy fiction, The Conductors features the magic and mystery of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files written with the sensibility and historical setting of Octavia Butler’s Kindred: Introducing Hetty Rhodes, a magic user and former conductor on the Underground Railroad who now solves crimes in post–Civil War Philadelphia.As a conductor on the Underground Railroad, Hetty Rhodes helped usher dozens of people north with her wits and magic. Now that the Civil War is over, Hetty and her husband Benjy have settled in Philadelphia, solving murders and mysteries that the white authorities won’t touch. When they find one of their friends slain in an alley, Hetty and Benjy bury the body and set off to find answers. But the secrets and intricate lies of the elites of Black Philadelphia only serve to dredge up questions. To solve this mystery, they will have to face ugly truths all around them, including the ones about each other. In this vibrant and original novel, Nicole Glover joins a roster of contemporary writers within fantasy, such as Victor LaValle and Zen Cho, who use speculative fiction to delve into important historical and cultural threads.

The Shadow in the Glass

Once upon a time Ella had wished for than her life as a lowly maid.

Now forced to work hard under the unforgiving, lecherous gaze of the man she once called stepfather, Ella’s only refuge is in the books she reads by candlelight, secreted away in the library she isn’t permitted to enter.

One night, among her beloved books of far off lands, Ella’s wishes are answered. At the stroke of midnight, a fairy godmother makes her an offer that will change her life: seven wishes, hers to make as she pleases. But each wish comes at a price and Ella must to decide whether it’s one she’s willing to pay it.

A smouldering, terrifying new spin on Cinderella – perfect for fans of Laura Purcell and Erin Morgenstern.

All the Murmuring Bones

Long ago Miren O'Malley's family prospered due to a deal struck with the Mer: safety for their ships in return for a child of each generation. But for many years the family have been unable to keep their side of the bargain and have fallen into decline. Miren's grandmother is determined to restore their glory, even at the price of Miren's freedom.

A spellbinding tale of dark family secrets, magic and witches, and creatures of myth and the sea; of strong women and the men who seek to control them.

A Lady of Rooksgrave Manor (Tempting Monsters #1)

On the brink of losing her position as a maid and with no prospects to go on, the offer of a place at Rooksgrave Manor—a house of ill and unusual repute—sounds like a perfect fit for a young woman with Esther’s inclinations. Even better, the invitation comes by the hand of the handsome Dr. Underwood, a delicate gentleman with a ferocious alter ego who knows exactly what he wants from Esther.

Upon arrival the men and the daily decadence of the manor feel too good to be true for a girl of Esther’s station. There are rules to be followed, expectations to meet, and Esther is afraid she might be too wicked even for a place like Rooksgrave.

Temptations lurk around every shadowy corner and Esther has never been a girl able to resist. But the risk of disappointing her new gentlemen isn’t all that’s threatening Esther’s new position. Rooksgrave Manor’s protections for its unusual patrons are failing, the wards are crumbling, and Esther’s new and exquisitely pleasurable life may all come tumbling down.

Author's Note: I've returned to Rooksgrave Manor to polish and complete Esther's story (previously published in 2018) and rediscovered a whole world of monsters and devious young women that I absolutely adore!

Burning Girls and Other Stories

A Most Anticipated in 2021 Pick for The Independent Buzzfeed The Nerd Daily
When we came to America, we brought anger and socialism and hunger. We also brought our demons.


In Burning Girls and Other Stories, Veronica Schanoes crosses borders and genres with stories of fierce women at the margins of society burning their way toward the center. This debut collection introduces readers to a fantasist in the vein of Karen Russell and Kelly Link, with a voice all her own.

Emma Goldman yes, that Emma Goldman takes tea with the Baba Yaga and truths unfold inside of exquisitely crafted lies. In Among the Thorns, a young woman in seventeenth century Germany is intent on avenging the brutal murder of her peddler father, but discovers that vengeance may consume all that it touches. In the showstopping, awards finalist title story, Burning Girls, Schanoes invests the immigrant narrative with a fearsome fairytale quality that tells a story about America we may not want but need to hear.

Dreamy, dangerous, and precise, with the weight of the very oldest tales we tell, Burning Girls and Other Stories introduces a writer pushing the boundaries of both fantasy and contemporary fiction.

With a foreword by Jane Yolen

Imperial Spain only touches slightly on certain aspects of Spain s imperial past which are now deemed crucial to the story These are for example the devastating fate s imperial past which are now deemed crucial to the story These are for example the devastating fate millions of natives in the Americas the horrifying slave trade and the role of women However as JH Elliott explains in a convincing argument in his preface from 2001 the book is a product of its time The story told in Imperial Spain does not need to be inferior to newer stories Rather Imperial SPAIN CAN BE VIEWED AS A can be viewed as a to modern perspectives and these two ways of looking at history do not need to take hierarchical positions to one another This story centers around the economic and mental life in Spain probably influenced by the Braudelian thought However Elliott also manages to integrate a political narrative in which human agency is perceived as a driving force in history Further Elliott also places the empire of Spain in a wider Western European context and there are even bits and pieces of comparisons between European states On the one hand Elliott s immense research and his refreshing perspectives are impressive On the other hand the literary style and the masterful writing are remarkable Elliott is able to combine historical science and literary techniues in a wonderful manner without sacrificing the scientific value or the readability of the book This is a uniue book I guess I m not as familiar with Spanish history as I thought I was I found myself getting confused as to the geography political as well as physical It s amazing to think of the territory that was ruled by the Habsburgs during the time Elliot s main interest of course is Spain itself or rather what became Spain A good solid complex look at Imperial Spain I recently was looking for something to read and realized my understanding of Spanish history pre Civil War was light on the details so off to to look at what s out thereMan That s a thin field to pick fromHugh Thomas histories of High Imperial Spain seemed to have the most noise online about them so I grabbed one and started reading meh Celebrity biography masuerading as history I don t need seven paragraphs on the bloodlines of a minor court functionary thanks and it s some serious Big Man history that spends next to no time on economy of social so I put that volume asideThe only other general survey that seems to exist in English AND in e book format is this one JH Elliott s Imperial Spain So I grabbed thatI tend to lean towards very recent history as there has been a lot of new source material and re examination going on in a lot of historical fields particularly since the fall of the USSR and as regards Spain the post Franco era That said this book originally dates from the 70 s I believe but you wouldn t now it from the reading The author is clear to note that he considered his research source challenged for a variety of reasons and is clear on what points he s making that he believes may change if evidence is uncovered I appreciated this clarity of purpose and problems throughoutOverall I found this an EXCELLENT history particularly for the reader who has a good understanding of the general flow of European Colonial and Spanish history to begin with It covers specifically an expanded understanding of the reign of the Habsburg Dynasty over Spain including the reign of the non Habsburg Catholic Kings that immediately preceded it as well as the very beginning of the Bourbon Dynasty that supplanted itThis ordering his choice of which he goes into detail about in the Introduction makes clear sense as Ferdinand and Isabella obviously finished the Reconuista thereby ushering in modern Spain as an entity in the first place and they set the table for the entire Habsburg reign that would see Spain rise to its absolute height of imperial power and majesty as well as crash from that perch in disastrous fashion The Bourbon denouement serves as a proper coda to the entire era immediately after which Spain effectively retreated into a broken shell of itself for arguably two centuriesElliott gives eual focus to the domineering personalities of this era as well as broader socio economic forces at play that influenced the range of and final choices of action those Big Men could choose from This is in my opinion the proper mix that history should aspire to as I don t believe in either a pure Big Man or Inevitable Trend view of history so I was glad to see it strongly represented here He doesn t go into great detail on say the myriad military campaigns that occurred throughout this era instead focusing on the effects of those campaigns upon greater Spanish politics society and economy As the military efforts of any one Habsburg ruler of Spain could easily fill its own thick volume again I agree with the author s choice hereThe writing is uite lively and enjoyable which helps when dealing with such a large book covering such a wide topic As an example here s his description of Charles II one of the last and arguably the worst of Spain s sovereigns during this period The poor King himself the centre of so many The story of Spain's rise to greatness from its humble beginnings as one of the poorest and most marginal of European countries is a remarkable and dramatic one With the marria. 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Ad this book because while I consider myself a history buff I had never studied about my Old World rootsThis book gives a great descriptive almost lifelike overview of Spain from 1469 1716 I ll admit the first 25 30 pages start out slow and seem cumbersome but once it gets to King Ferdinand and ueen Isabella it becomes really interesting and you won t want to put it down It serves as a good introduction to Spanish history you don t have to now a lot about Spain beforehand My favorite portion of the book was that of the of the book was that of the Inuisition I am sure yo A decent overview of Spain under the Hapsburgs and the lead up to it Spain under Ferdinand and Isabella It touches on political structure economic tendencies and religious currents and pays special attention to the push pull tension between uniting Spain and other Hapsburg dominions into a unified whole and preserving the rights and customs of each region It reads pretty well overall but probably could have used a bit of a heavier emphasis on the political narrative and possibly a bit detail for Spain s apparently perpetual financial woes I m not much of an economist and I was feeling a bit lost on occasion The persistent emphasis on nationalism seemed a little overplayed to me as well though I don t now all that much about SpainIt s also vaguely racist at times Elliott seems to be a huge fan of the conuistadors and at one racist at times Elliott seems to be a huge fan of the conuistadors and at one in the second chapter he suggests that they were able to conuer the Americas because they had a larger zest for life than the native people I m honestly not sure where he s getting that from unless it was a vague way to imply that it s hard to be zesty when you re being ravaged by smallpox Already by the end of the sixteenth century many Spaniards seem to have been gripped by that sense of fatalism which would prompt the famous pronouncement of a Junta of theologians in the reign of Philip IV Summoned to consider a project for the construction of a canal linking the Manzanares and the Tagus it flatly declared that if God had intended the rivers to be navigable He would have made them so For Anglophone readers interested in the history of Spain this book is invaluable Elliott has here accomplished a real feat of research of writing and of analysis The book ably navigates that forbidding passage between simplifying popular accounts and unreadable scholarly monographs managing to be both a work of serious intellectual synthesis and an absorbing account of Spain s history Elliott has an astounding ability to seamlessly combine many disparate threads into the same narrative He pays close attention to economic history crop yields interest rates inflation and deflation the debasement of currency the balance of trade tariffs and regulations He incorporates social and cultural shifts changing religious attitudes demographic trends class tensions intellectual movements And yet he also does not neglect the outstanding individuals Ferdinand and Isabella Charles V Philip II the Conde Duue among others The only thing conspicuously absent was military history which suited me just fine Although the story of Spain during this time was heavily interwoven with both the New World and the rest of Europe Elliott s focus doesn t stray from the Iberian Peninsula He gives only the most cursory account of the Spanish conuest of the Americas and only mentions the struggles of Charles V against the Protestant Reformation For those looking for a history of Spanish colonization this book will therefore be disappointing I must also add that Elliott s judgment is at its worst in his brief section on the conuistadores He describes them as glorious conuering heroes of a barren civilization which I cannot abide in the light of the destruction and exploitation that followed in their wake Keeping those exceptions in mind this book is a superlative account of this period of Spanish history The competing centrifugal and centralizing forces at play the conflicting traditions of Castilian and Aragonese governments the infinitely subtle machinations of power the gradual emergence of a national identity the meteoric rise of the Spanish Empire the cruel grinding decline that followed the heroic and hapless individuals struggling with forces beyond their control all this is related with brevity insight and power It is difficult not to see the whole story as a morality play writ large What with the ruthless exploitation of the treasure mines of the New World the expulsion of the Jews and the Moors the obsession with purity of blood and the alignment of religious orthodoxy with central power it seems as if the collapse of the grand but hollow edifice was the inevitable result of intolerance and folly But even if we can learn some valuable lessons from this history it is important to remember that the story is not so simple and many decisions which in retrospect seem obviously foolish were at the time fairly reasonable though of course many weren t In short I heartily recommend this book to anyone interested in this fascinating time and place It could hardly be better. Al power This amazing success however created many powerful enemies and Elliott's famous book charts the dramatic fall of Habsburg Spain with the same elan as it charts the ris. .

Opes turned out to be a rachitic and feeble MINDED WEAKLING THE LAST STUNTED SPRIG OF A DEGENERATE weakling the last stunted sprig of a degenerate s some powerfully descriptive stuff right thereElliott doesn t go overboard with this sort of flowery language saving it for when its impact is actually called for One can tell that he has written a lot in his career and has put a lot of work into sharpening his craft The book moves along thanks to this going into enough detail to evoke the scenes and settings without getting mired down in minutiae that doesn t add to the overall understanding Just to note there are a few small technical problems with the e book addition there s a handful of garbled phrases and the maps which look to have been low detail linework typical of 70 s history books to begin with were not scanned well with spine seams visible and a muddy resolution at best Be prepared to Google some readable maps when they pop up Overall though particularly given the paucity of books covering this topic I can whole heartedly recommend this volume for anyone looking for a general history of Imperial Spain The book runs from the marriage of Ferdinand and Isabella down to the death of the dynasty with Charles II the last stunted sprig of a degenerate line as Elliot describes him on account of the Spanish Hapsburg s bad habit of marrying uncles to nieces or first cousins or sometimes both at the same time because the genealogy got complicated That unfortunate young man seems to have only enjoyed shooting at birds He was married twice but fathered no children whether this was due to the poor state of sex education for roy This is a very readable account of Spanish history from the period from the union of Aragon and Castile to the end of the War of Spanish succession The focus is on mainland Spain this is not a history of the Spanish Empire in the Americas and though it touches on Spanish involvement in Flanders and the Netherlands and in Italy it does so primarily only insofar as this involvement affected metropolitan SpainThe book covers the rise of Spain as an imperial power and its catastrophic decline All the main aspects of history are discussed political constitutional military economic demographic religious social ethnic and cultural In style it is magisterial in a way which may seem a little old fashioned today it is none the worse for that it was first published in 1963 and the slightly revised paperback edition I have read dates from 1970 There are hugely enjoyable pithy sentences that would have been worthy of Edward Gibbon who wrote The Decline and Fall of the Roman EmpireI am sure that recent research would have led J H Elliott to modify some of the detail but that the basic story would be largely unchanged of a Spain which had ambitions beyond its resources which proved unable to tackle its constitutional problems and bring together the different regions of the country of intellectual and commercial stagnation of a lack of the vision to change in the way needed for a changing Europe of agricultural collapse of a social fossilisation which prevented the emergence of an economically energetic middle class of a Roman Catholic Church which was freuently stifling in its influence and which fostered an intolerant bigotry that badly damaged the countryOne major theme running through the book is the problematic relationship between a self important Castile and the other regions of Spain including Catalonia The failure to find solutions for this relationship played a big role in Spain s decline and is an important part of the historical background to contemporary issues surrounding Catalonia s position in Spain History can cast a long arm forward in time If you want to understand why the status of Catalonia is such a vexed uestion today you should read this book No wonder Elliott scooped a nighthood given this tour de force My interest in Spanish imperial history was partly forged at A Level but became an obsession after a visit to Madrid s Prado Vel zuez history was partly forged at A Level but became an obsession after a visit to Madrid s Prado Vel zuez pictures depict the declining fortunes of the Habsburg family tree riven as they were by the inbreeding resultant from ill judged marriages to cousins nieces and nephews declining fortunes on the battlefield and a particularly macabre vein of Catholicism all agonised crucifixions and obsession w The lack of natural advantages appears crippling Yet in the last years of the fifteenth century and the opening years of the sixteenth it seemed suddenly and even miraculously to have been overcome Spain for so long a mere geographical expression was somehow transformed into an historical fact How does this same society lose its impetus and its dynamism perhaps in as short a period of time a it took to acuire them Has something vital really been lost or was the original achievement itself no than an enga o an illusion as seventeenth century Spaniards began to believeIn some ways this book was exactly what I was lo As a 6th generation Texan of Spanish descent on my mother s side I have always identified myself culturally with the Tex Mex culture of South Texas where I am from I re. Ge of Ferdinand Isabella the final expulsion of the Moslems and the discovery of America Spain took on a seemingly unstoppable dynamism that made it into the world's first glob. ,


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